Friday, February 19, 2016

Today -100: February 19, 1916: Joy-riding with the jingoes

In his newspaper The Commoner, William Jennings Bryan says Woodrow Wilson, with his advocacy of military preparedness, is “joy-riding with the jingoes”.

Members of the Oklahoma state legislature throw inkwells and paperweights at each other during heated discussion of what measure of negro voter suppression they can get away with to replace the grandfather clause which the US Supreme Court struck down last June. The NYT gives a blow-by-blow of the fight but fails to mention any details of the proposals.

The Virginia Legislature rejects a resolution for a referendum on women’s suffrage.

The federal government drops the prosecution of Margaret Sanger for her birth control periodical “The Woman Rebel.” She has spent much of the time since the indictment in 1914 in exile in Europe, where she learned about more forms of contraception (namely, diaphragms).

Fog of War (Rumors, Propaganda and Just Plain Bullshit) of the Day -100: France claims to have foiled a German plot to get native Malagasy to overthrow the French colonial regime in Madagascar and massacre French officials and settlers.

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